• For over 60 years

    Quality metals
    from Westphalia

    For over 60 years

The company Heinrich Schneider has stood for dependability, punctuality, flexibility and the highest quality standard for over 60 years. We are aware of our responsibility towards mankind, all living creatures and the environment, deploying state-of-the-art technologies in order to achieve emissions reductions, optimise energy-efficient production processes and conserve resources through recycling. 
Our fast-paced world requires a constant ability to adapt. Every day, we demonstrate willingness to take a forward-looking approach to changing requirements. Sustainable business management is also a key characteristic of our company's philosophy.  

for over 60 years   


In our smelting plant, copper cast alloys and copper master alloys are manufactured in electric induction crucible furnaces. Through the applied technologies, a very homogeneous alloy micro-structure is achieved. In addition to primary raw materials, input materials include secondary raw materials from metal recycling, as well as cleanly-presorted, deployable metal scrap and production remnants. In this way, they are reintroduced into the material life cycle.    
We place our focus on copper phosphorus alloys and copper phosphorus round billets. In this, we produce high-quality alloys from copper and brass scrap, thus conserving resources. Depending upon the customer's preference, copper cast or copper master alloys are poured in block form or in plate form and packed onto Euro or one-way pallets, upon request also in steel drums, and sent out by truck. Customers for the alloys produced according to EN standard or customer requirements are from the fields of mechanical engineering, the semi-finished goods and fittings industry, as well as copper brazing alloy and contact material manufacturing in Germany and abroad.      

100 % Recycling

Sustainable use of raw
materials for the good
of our environment

We are dedicated to responsible stewardship of natural resources and in this regard we continuously invest heavily in the improvement of our production processes and in energy-efficient methodologies.

By melting or re-melting recycled material and residues from the production processes of our customers in the form of wires, stamping scrap, sheet metal, metal chips or castings, we reintroduce these metals back into the material life cycle without sacrificing quality, thus contributing to resource efficiency and, at the same time, to energy savings. Metal recycling means up to 90% in energy savings compared to the production of new metals.  
Energy Management System according to DIN EN 16247-1
For years, in our company, energy data has been collected, and internal company processes and usage patterns have been analysed with the aim of achieving savings potential based on suitable energy parameters. Consultation with external experts and performance of regular energy audits led in the year 2013 to the preparation of an energy management concept according to DIN EN 16247-1, in order to achieve a sustainable and continuous improvement in energy efficiency, while at the same time reducing energy consumption.

Responsibility towards the environment
Our quality mindset relates not only to the quality of our products but also to the quality of life of the people who are directly and indirectly involved with our company - yesterday, today and in the future. In order to live up to this responsibility and to guarantee a clean and healthy workplace, in addition to protecting the environment, we work with high-performance filter systems and dust extraction equipment, which are subject to regular monitoring and continuous sample measurements by independent expert institutes. In this way, we invest in the reduction of emissions and in the maintenance and improvement of work and environmental conditions. It is second nature for us to achieve levels that fall below the maximum limits established by regulatory authorities.

Our Memberships 

The Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle (Non-ferrous Metals Producers Association) represents the economic policy interests of the German non-ferrous metals industry, whose members include over 650 companies with over 100,000 employees. 
The Gesamtverband der Deutschen Buntmetallindustrie (GDB), the Confederation of the German Non-ferrous Metal Industry, represents the interests of just under 300 member companies in the non-ferrous metal producing and processing industry. Along with other German manufacturers of copper master alloys, we also belong to the copper cast alloys section within the GDB.  
The Organisation of European Copper Alloy Ingot Makers (OECAM) is an industry association on European level for the copper alloy making industry, in which the majority of members are privately-owned small-to-medium size companies producing brass, bronze, gun metal and special alloys in form of ingots, continuous cast or other formats. The Schneider company has belonged to the association since it was founded in 1989.  

We are entitled to bear the quality seal of the copper pipe quality assurance association for copper brazing alloys manufactured according to DIN EN 17672:2010.